Saturday, July 4, 2009

Round-Up: July 4

Here is a round-up of today's blog posts - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. You can keep up with the latest posts by using the RSS feed, or you might prefer to subscribe by email.

HODIE: ante diem quartum Nonas Iulias. You can add a Roman calendar as a widget in your blog or webpage, or display it as a Google Calendar: here's how.


Vita Caesaris: You can see my IVLIVS CAESAR feed with a sentence from Plutarch's Life of Caesar each day in Greek, Latin and English. Today's Latin portion describes Julius Caesar's popularity as a young lawyer in Rome: Ceterum Romae Caesar cum reis defendendis gratiosum se reddidit, tum congressibus et colloquiis comibus magnam sibi plebis benevolentiam paravit, ultra quam aetas ipsius ferret officiosus.

Proverbiis Pipilo: You can see my Proverbia feed of Latin proverbs which I "tweet" while I am online each day (in English, too). Here's one from today, which is a moral to the story of the city mouse and the country mouse: Rodere malo fabam quam cura perpete rodi (English: I prefer to gnaw on beans than to be gnawed by constant worry).


You can get access to all the proverb of the day scripts (also available as random proverb scripts) at the website.

Audio Latin Proverb of the Day: Today's audio Latin proverb is Gratia gratiam parit (English: One favor gives birth to another). To read a brief essay about this proverb and to listen to the audio, visit the Latin Via Proverbs blog.

Proverbium Perbreve of the Day: Today's two-word proverb is: Fiat lux (English: Fiat lux - a phrase that has acquired much deeper meaning for me upon reading this wonderful book by Arthur Zajonc: Catching the Light: The Entwined History of Light and Mind).

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is: Hostes non dormiunt (English: Your enemies do not sleep... hence the need to be ever-vigil).

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Dominus pauperem facit et ditat, humiliat et sublevat (I Samuel 2:7). For a translation, check out the polyglot Bible, in English, Hebrew, Latin and Greek, at the Sacred Texts Archive online.

Latin Animal Proverb of the Day: Today's animal proverb is Mulus mulum scabit (English: One mule scratches another).

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Danaum fatale munus (English: The deadly gift of the Danaans... better known as: the Trojan horse!).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Λύκος ἔχανεν (English: The wolf gaped... an allusion to the Aesop's fable about the wolf, the woman, and the baby). If you look at the Greek Proverb of the Day widget, you'll see it comes with a Latin translation, too.


Ictibus Felicibus: Based on the good response I've gotten to the use of accent marks at Tar Heel Reader, I'm collecting fables now with macrons AND accent marks in this blog. Today's fable with macrons and accent marks is Mures et Tintinnabulum, the famous story of "belling the cat."

Aesopus Elegiacus: For my next book project, I'm collecting Aesop's fables told in the form of elegiac couplets, two per day so that I'll plenty piled up for next summer. Today's elegiac fables are Puer Oves Pascens, the story of the boy who cried "Wolf!" once too often, and Auceps et Dipsas, a story about the birdcatcher waylaid by a serpent. There are also word lists included, courtesy of!

Fable of the Day: Today's fable of the day from Barlow's Aesop is DE LEONE ET QUATTUOR TAURIS (a fable about the strategy of "divide and conquer"). You can use the Javascript to include the fable of the day automatically each day on your webpage or blog - meanwhile, to find out more about today's fable, visit the Ning Resource Page for this fable, where you will find links to the text, commentary, and a discussion board for questions and comments.

Florilegium Fabularum: I'm working my way, slowly but surely, through the amazing collection of fables by Irenaeus published in 1666. Today's fable is Cucurbita et Pinus, a story about fleeting glory in the plant world.

Tar Heel Readers: Materials continue to accumulate at Tar Heel Reader (keep up with the latest items at the Libelli Latini blog). Today I decided to feature Fabula : Pars II : Sepulcrum, the continuing story of Celtus - and don't forget to check out the video at YouTube, too - just search on "TuTubusLatinus" and you'll find it. :-)

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at

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